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Elizabeth Breed (Lee?)

Also Known As: "Ballard Knight"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Salford Priors, Warwickshire, England
Death: March 15, 1687 (79)
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Unknown
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Elizabeth Lee's father and Elizabeth Lee's mother
Wife of William Ballard, of Lynn; William Knight, of Lynn and Allen Breed, of Lynn
Mother of Esther Jenckes; Deacon John Ballard; Nathaniel Ballard; <private> Ballard; Jacob Knight and 2 others

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About Elizabeth Breed

Elizabeth was born 1609 in Salford Priors, Warwickshire, England. She died Aug 1695 / ALT: March 15, 1687 (79) in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts

  • parents: unknown


  1. William Ballard on 1631 in Salford Priors, Warwickshire, England.
  2. William Knight on 1640 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts as his 2nd wife.
  3. Allen Bread on 28 Mar 1656 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts as his 2nd wife,

Children of William Ballard

  1. Esther was born 1632 and died 1717. Married Joseph Jenks.
  2. John was born 4 1634 in Salford Priors, Warwickshire, England.
  3. Nathaniel was born 1636 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. Married Rebecca Hudson.

Children of William Knight

  1. Jacob. Unmarried.
  2. Daniel (-1672). Unmarried.
  3. Elizabeth (-1678). Married 1) John Farrington 2) Mark Greaves
  4. Mary. Married Henry Wormwood.


Her maiden name is believed to be Lee.

"Elizabeth was born in or about 1607. She married, apparently in England, William Ballard. After his death, between March and May, 1639, she married as her second husband, William Knight, of Salem, Massachusetts, whose will of December 2, 1653, was probated in 1655. Besides providing for their four children, he left John and Nathaniel Ballard 40s apiece. In November, 1653, 'Thomas Chadwell of Lynn (was) fined for abusing Elizabeth, wife of Will. Knight, in her house, in holding up his hand to strike her.' She married as her third husband, and as his second wife, at Lynn, March 28, 1656, Allen Bread who was born in or about 1601 and died at Lynn, March 17, 1690/1 (see Bread). His grandson by his first wife, Allen Breed, married her granddaughter, Elizabeth Ballard. At the settlement of the estate of Mark Farrington, the father-in-law of her daughter, Elizabeth (Knight) Farrington, she testified, and gave her age as then fifty-nine. Her son, Daniel Knight, died intestate, and at the settlement of the estate in November, 1672, she was given £10 by the Court. From the phraseology of the distribution of his estate, it appears that her four children by Willliam Knoght were Jacob Knight, Daniel Knight, Elizabeth (Knight) (Farrington) Graves, and Mary (Knight) Wormwood. The date of her death is not known." 396



  • Some writers claim a son William; Anderson in Grt Migr Begins finds no evidence. Lewis, History of Lynn has daughter Elizabeth, for which there is no evidence.
  • Savage hopelessly mixes William of Andover and William of Lynn.
  • DeForest, Domerich Geneal dismisses claims of first wife Mary, as misreading of immigration lists, but does have son William, date of birth unkown, married Rebecca, nothing further known of her.
  • In will of William Knight says four children with last wife Elizabeth, but does not name them, expect probably Jacob. Will of Daniel phraseology appears they were Jacob, Daniel, Elixabeth (Knight) (Farrington) Graves, and Mary (Knight) Wormwood. Date of her death unknown. [DeForrest, Dommerich Geneal p 45]
  • The Pioneers of Massachusetts - Allen (Breed, Breede, Bread), yeoman, Lynn, propr. 1638 ... m. <2nd> about 1650 Elizabeth, widow of William Knight. She was a witness to the will of Joseph How in 1650, and paid legacies of W.K. to his heirs in 1657. Knight WILLIAM, Salem, a mason, seems to belong to Lynn. Freem. 2 May1 1638, had John, Ann, Francis, Hannah, all by 2nd w. Elizabeth, Jacob,Daniel, Elizabeth and Mary, and d. 5 Mar. 1656. She m. 1st William Ballard (1603), William Knight (c1640 Salem, MA), 3rd Allen Breed (1656 Lynn).


  1. 394. Laurel taffe Carr, "Re: Elizabeth Ballard Knight Breed - Lynn," http://genforum.genealogy.com/breed/messages/359.html, Accessed 20 Sept 2008.
  2. 395. Gary Turner (HatchFamilyHistory@gmail.com, "Family Group Records (Wiliam Knight and Emma Potter and Elizabeth Lee," 28 Sept 2008, On file with Barbara Fleming.
  3. 396. Louis Effingham de Forest, Our Colonial and Continental Ancestors: The Ancestry of Mr. and Mrs. Louis William Dommerich, New York: The de Forest Publishing Company, 1930.
  4. 397. Asa K. Gage (asak@aol.com), "William Knight of Lynn, MA - early 1600's," http://searches2.rootsweb.com/th/read/KNIGHT-TIMES/1996-11/0847859035, Accessed 20 Sept 2008.
  5. 398. "Miscellanea From an Old Notarial Record Book in Clerk of Courts' Office, Salem," Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, Vol. 2, Salem: Henry Whipple & Son, 1860.


  1. Torrey 2nd suppl Allen Breed 2/wf Ellizabeth (___) (Ballard)Knight (c 1609 - 1661+) m1 William Ballard, m2 William Knight, m Lynn MA 28 1mo 1656. [TEG 11:198]


Birth: 12 Aug 1603 in Sanford Priors, Warwickshire, England Christening: 12 Aug 1603 Sanford Priors, Warwickshire, England Death: 1639 Lynn, Essex. MA

Father: Henry BALLARD b: CAL 1575 in St. Mary, Southwall, Nottingham, England Mother: Elizabeth TOWNSEND b: 1577 in of Tenterton, Kent, England

Marriage 1 Elizabeth LEE b. abt 1609 Eng, d. aft 1660 Married: 1632

Note: After William's death, Elizabeth wed William Knight, Allen Bread.


   1. HESTER BALLARD b. 1633 in England. d. bet. 1695-1717 in Providence, Providence RI. m. Joseph Jenks (Jenckes) 1655 Lynn, Essex, MA (See the Jenks Line for descendants)
   2. John Ballard b. abt 1634 England, d. 11 Jun 1725 Lynn, Essex Co MA, m. Susanna Story b. abt 1635, m. 29 Jun 1655 Lynn, Essex Co MA Marr 2) Rebecca --- b. abt 1650, m. bef 1673, d. aft 1699.
   3. William Ballard b. aft 1635 MA, d. 15 Mar 1686/87 Lynn, Essex Co MA, m. Rebecca ---, b. abt 1640.
   4. Nathaniel Ballard b. at 1636 Lynn Essex Co MA, d. 12 Jan 1721/22, Lynn, Essex Co MA. m. Rebecca Hudson b. bet 1640-47 Lynn, m. 16 bDec 1662, Lynn, Essex Co. d. 16 May 1694-1724 Lynn, Essex Co MA.


  1. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Page 38. "Knight, William (-1655/6) & 1/wf [?Emma POTTER]; b. 1638, b 1635?; Salem/Lynn. Knight, William (-1655/6) & 2/wf Elizabeth ]?LEE) BALLARD/BULLARD], w. William, m/3 Allen BREAD; aft 1639; Salem"
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Elizabeth Breed's Timeline

January 12, 1608
Salford Priors, Warwickshire, England
October 28, 1632
Age 24
Salford Priors, Warwickshire, England
Age 25
Salford Priors, Warwickshire, England
Age 27
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 32
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
March 15, 1687
Age 79
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts